Join me in Somaliland this January!
Kick off the new year with an adventure of a lifetime - join me and a group of hand picked strangers in the Horn of Africa this January 11-15!
- Learn about Somali culture
- Visit ancient, vivid cave paintings
- Ride a boat along the Somali coast
- Explore all of Somaliland's highlights
- Make new travel friendships & connections that last, all over an unforgettable experience
Participants will be notified on Monday!
January 11 - Arrival in Hargeisa:
Arrival in Hargeisa by flight. Your guides will be at the airport to pick you up.
Introductory briefing on travelling in Somaliland and a breakdown of the itinerary.
Hargeisa city tour taking in the main central district and get some currency converted into schillings at one of the famous street exchange “offices”.
Dinner at a newly opened and popular Syrian restaurant run by refugees from Damascus.
After dinner you can familiarize yourself by walking around the bustling city center in Hargeisa and have chai with the friendly locals. Overnight in Damal Hotel, Hargeisa.
January 12- Hargeisa & surroundings
After breakfast visit the livestock market where you can purchase your own camel or goat! For those who can’t fit a camel in their luggage, this market will provide great photo opportunity and a chance to see how the locals do business.
Visit the two hills called Naaso Hablood (“Girl’s Breasts”), also known as Hargeisa’s main landmark. Alternatively, we will go visit Dhagax Kure ancient rock paintings, a field of boulders far out in the rural area where we will get our first glimpse of ancient Somali art with cave paintings dating back 9000 years. On the way visit the cemetery for British Soldiers who died here battling against the Italians during the Second World War. Hargeisa is the former capital of British Somaliland, while Italy controlled what is now Somalia.
Lunch at a Somali-Yemeni restaurant.
Take a walking tour around the city center of Hargeisa to get a further sense of the people and the city. Here you will see the central market, and the MiG Jet fighter War Memorial which stands for the atrocities committed by the dictator during the Civil War.
Dinner and overnight in Damal Hotel, Hargeisa.
January 13 - Laas Geel - Berbera
Early morning we will take care of taking covid tests for all those who need one. Cost is roughly 50 USD. Possibility to have them the last day before departure to match USA requirements also possible.
Afterwards we will drive to Laas Geel, the most important rock art site in Africa. These caves contain some of the oldest cave paintings on the horn of Africa. The vibrant colors and well-preserved paintings are estimated to be around ten thousand years old.
Continue driving to the coastal tow of Berbera.
Upon our arrival, visit a historical Ottoman Mosque and Ottoman houses.
Late lunch served at an Ottoman house.
Take a short boat trip to go hunt for shipwrecks in the Gulf of Aden. Relax and swim at an untouched beach, where local youth and families come and enjoy their down time.
Tour the historic town of Berbera in early evening, where you will find more Ottoman, Persian and British architecture of historic interest. This will be a great chance for some amazing photographs at sunset.
Dinner and overnight in Berbera.
January 14 - Berbera - Sheikh - Hargeisa
After breakfast, enjoy some free time in Berbera.
Drive to the small town of Sheikh in the mountains, stop for some tea, walk around and enjoy the pleasant climate. Visit the ruins of Ferdusa – a 16th century city.
Drive back to Hargeisa in time for a last supper!
Dinner and overnight in Damal Hotel, Hargeisa.
January 15 - Hargeisa
Possibility to do some local shopping.
Airport dropoff & end of Somaliland tour.
Why join this trip?
- We create genuine human connections and explore authentically and sustainably
- You’ll get an immersive experience within a short amount of time
- the Horn of Africa is oftentimes called the origin of mankind, and we will be able to see some of the oldest cave art in human history, dating back up to 10,000 years.
- Unique Somali culture! Nowhere compares to this side of the world.
- The feeling of being the only tourists - knowing that you are visiting a place as it is - truly and authentically.
What do we expect from you?
To be flexible, fun, kind, and open minded! All a good traveler needs.
If this sounds like you... join below:
What about safety here, isn’t it “dangerous”?
Throughout my travels here, I always felt very safe and welcomed - and I can’t wait to share this with you.
But don’t just rely on my own experience: the numbers speak. Crime rate is very low and safety at an all time high.
Airport: when and where will we be flying in and out of?
We will fly in and out of Hargeisa intl. Airport (HGA)
Arrival date in Somaliland: 11th of January
Departure date: 15th of January
What's the covid requirement?
PCR test 96h before departure.
|What's included:||Not included:|
|All accommodation in hotels||Visa cost (about 70 USD)|
food throughout the entire trip
Private armed security
Tips & personal expenses
Entrance to all sites
Somaliland issues tourism visa on arrival with paperwork that we will take care of for you, for the following nationalities:
Citizens of the EU, Canada, USA, Brazil, China, Russia, Turkey, Egypt, South Africa, Morocco, Tunisia, members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) such as Saudi, UAE, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman, Kuwait, and IGAD Region Countries.
The fee is roughly 70 USD cash.
Citizens of other countries will still have to apply at a diplomatic mission of Somaliland (such as London, Dubai, Nairobi, Addis Ababa or Djibouti City - the closest to the destination) and get their visa in advance. In our experience, this procedure is also quite simple and can be done in a day.
Any more questions?
Message me on @destinationchaser re: Somaliland Group Trip and I will get back to you as soon as possible :)
Looking forward to having you on board!